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How to do nothing : resisting the attention economy

Author: Jenny Odell, (Multimedia artist)
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention--and our personal information--that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world. Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity ... doing nothing may be our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Odell, Jenny (Multimedia artist)
How to do nothing.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2019]
(DLC) 2019013576
(OCoLC)1090705378
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jenny Odell, (Multimedia artist)
ISBN: 9781612197494 1612197493
OCLC Number: 1085144412
Description: xxiii, 232 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The case for nothing --
The impossibility of retreat --
Anatomy of a refusal --
Exercises in attention --
Ecology of strangers --
Restoring the grounds for thought --
Conclusion : Manifest dismantling.
Responsibility: Jenny Odell.

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"A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention--and our personal information--that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world. Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity ... doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell, who sees our attention as the most precious--and overdrawn--resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine our role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. Far from a simple anti-technology screed or back-to-nature meditation, How to Do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of the narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent."--Jacket.

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